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With extreme storms becoming the “new normal” in the U.S., insurance fraud experts are warning insurance agents about how to advise their customers—especially the elderly–about an increase in bogus repair work by shady contractors.

Most home contractors are honest. But extreme weather will attract more shady operators whose bogus repairs can cost homeowners thousands of dollars, according to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, an alliance of consumer groups, insurance companies and government agencies.

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